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Selenge, Mongolia

Location: N49 23.736 - E105 05.124. Selenge province, 137 miles ATCF northwest of Ulaanbaatar, or 221 miles one - way by road. About six miles before Darkhan turn left at N49 22.770 - E 105 54.904 on the well  marked toll road to Erdene. After about forty - three miles, at N 49 12.819 - E 104 59.134, turn right on a sign - posted dirt road. Amarbayasgalant is nineteen miles north ATCF. These are several gers and small guest houses for rent beside the monastery, and exellent camping spots in the wooded area along the Even River to the West, near the Dorje Shugden Temple. There is also a sparsely furnished one - room guesthouse at the Dorje Shugden Temple itself.

Sometime before Zanabazar ended jis exile in China the Qing Emperor Kangxi said to him , "In 1723 I will be seventy years old thou whilt be ninety; during this year come thou without delay to me. "1722, while Zanabazar was in Mongolia Kangxi transmigrated. Zanabazar, by then probably eighty - eight years old, immediately set out  for Beijing to pay his respects to the emperor's remains. It was a visit from which not return alive. At the Yellow temple in Beijing, which had been built as the 5th Dalai Lama's residence during his 1651 visit to Beijing, Zanabazar himself transmigrated on the fourteenth day of the First Moon of the Water Hare Year /probably February 18, 1723, according to the Gregorian calendar/

According to legend. on the day of his death a five - colored rainbow appeared over his temple at Orgoo and a clear  light hovered over his throne. The monks who witnessed these phenomena, assuming that they signified some change in  the Bogd Gegeen's condition, held a puja for his good health and longevity. Many days passed before messengers travelling bu horse apprised them of the Ondor Gegeen's death. Most traditional accounts say that Zanabazar died of an unspecified illness. 

 

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